Symone Sanders, senior adviser to Joe Biden's presidential campaign, decided to blame President Trump for letting the Payment Protection Program run dry. The program, which is a provision under the CARES Act, provides relief for small businesses who took financial hits because of the coronavirus outbreak and the subsequent shuttering of our economy.
Let’s talk about how unacceptable it is that this administration has run out of money for small business loans.— Symone D. Sanders (@SymoneDSanders) April 19, 2020
It is the president and his administration’s job to make sure all Americans are taken care of during this time. Leadership starts at the TOP.
That was a nice narrative. But anyone who's been following the debate over the PPP knows that it was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats, not Trump, who are the biggest obstacle to additional funding.
It's not the Trump Admin who is blocking small businesses from getting more #PPP loans, that's Nancy Pelosi who's been too busy shooting videos in front of her $20,000 freezer to actually do her job. Stop blaming @realDonaldTrump for Democrats playing politics. #COVID19 #ILSen— Fmr. Sheriff Mark Curran (R-IL) (@ElectMarkCurran) April 20, 2020
It's true. While businesses fight to stay open and pay their employees, Pelosi has been chatting with late night host James Corden while standing in front of her $24,000 luxury fridge stocked with pints of expensive ice cream, as the Trump campaign noted, before labeling her the "Ice Queen."
The campaign also presented Sanders with CNN's own reporting.
When Democrats blocked more funding for the program, Joe Biden said nothing. pic.twitter.com/AQSJrY3QAg— Trump War Room - Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) April 20, 2020
Of course, once CNN realized they had printed the truth, they changed the headline to make it seem like Republicans were the culprits. “Senate at stalemate over more COVID-19 aid after Republicans and Democrats block competing proposals," the updated version read.
Guy wrapped it up nicely.
Your party — exclusively — has been blocking the replenishment of this money for the better part of two weeks. Do you not know this? Or did you send this tweet anyway? https://t.co/xUwMB1MOBe— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) April 20, 2020
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